Friday, September 07, 2012

Vintage Photo Friday

1960 DNC @ L.A. Sports Arena.
photo courtesy of Facebook's "Mid-Century & Modern" Page

Watching the political conventions on television has been very exciting. There have been many highs and lows for the Republicans and the Democrats. Here's an interesting comparison of the two parties' conventions.

Sports Arena Floor Plan for 1960 DNC
1959, Herald Examiner

In 1960, our brand new Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena hosted the first few days of the Democratic National Convention. Nominee, John F. Kennedy spoke on the last day of the convention at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, across the street from the new Sports Arena.

Postcard Rendering of proposed Sports Arena

The Sports Arena was designed by architect Welton Becket's firm. Ironically, the opening was hosted by then Vice-President and California native, Richard Nixon in 1959.

Architect, Welton Becket and L.A. Council Member Roz Wyman w/ architectural model of L.A. Sports Arena, 1958.
Herald Examiner Photo Collection, L.A. Public Library

It has been home to many basketball and hockey teams over the years, as well as a venue for concerts, boxing matches and more. It was recently retro-fitted and updated so that it is still a vital part of the Los Angeles scene.

L.A. Sports Arena Exterior, 1959
Herald Examiner, L.A. Public Library Photo Archives

I used to attend USC Basketball games at the Sports Arena. I do love the simplicity and strength of this design!

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